Now that WHAT A DOG KNOWS is happily on its way into readers’ (pre-ordered) hands, I have the luxury of spending a little time not thinking about the next book. Generally, by the time a book is about to be published, I’m already deep into the next one, and thus the about-to-be-published book is often relegated to my mental back burner. Not so this time. I am spending a lot more effort in making sure that you, the reader, get as excited about the new book as I am.
WHAT A DOG KNOWS was an unusually enjoyable book to write. Possibly because, unlike for many others, the story simply seemed to flow organically. Ruby made decisions and the Hitchhiker had her thoughts and all of this seemed to flow from some subconscious well. As much as writers will say that it’s sometimes like magic in how mysteriously the words hit the page, it’s not always that easy. It may have seemed easier because Ruby was a character I already knew. She’d been a secondary character in THE FORTUNE TELLER’S DAUGHTER, so I had a pretty good idea how she’d act and react. Plus, the Hitchhiker was modeled for me 24/7 as Cora, who lives not in my imagination, but in my house.
So that’s what’s on my mind. Stay tuned!